1. Sign up for the website's newsletter if they have one. Many times stores will give you a reduction or some form of deal when you sign up for their newsletter. Determine if there is a deal associated with signing up for the newsletter at any store you want to shop at.
2. Before shopping from a store that is unfamiliar with you, discover what the store's reputation is like. You can usually do an online search and discover what others think of the business. It is best to accomplish this so you do not find out the tough way and lose your hard earned money.
3. Read customer testimonials before you buy anything. People are delighted to complain about bad service online, so search for sites and testimonials that are terrible so that you know what you're getting into. You need to take bad reviews with a grain of salt, but if you see many, you know there is a problem.
4. Before buying from the new online retailer, perform some research on them. Check online reviews from other customers to see the way it handles stuff like customer service, shipping, and its overall buying experience. You can also check the BBB to determine if it has any disputes and whether those disputes were resolved professionally. Try contacting the company via email and phone number, if it's posted to ask questions on its business before you buy anything.
5. If you are going to be online shopping, make sure that you practice it from a computer connection you already know is secure, like one that you have in your own home. Hackers search for WI-Fi connections in public places while they are scouting for victims, so avoid shopping when using them.